Friday, May 12, 2006

Slip Sliding Away

The new Harris Interactive poll has Bush’s approval rating at 29%! He is rapidly approaching Nixonian numbers, but the most interesting number from the Harris poll is the loss of 13% from Republicans due to Bush’s economic policies. Tax cuts usually produce a boost in approval from the Republican base, so Bush’s victory in getting his latest $70 billion dollar tax giveaway to the rich passed by the Senate yesterday is sure to get his numbers at least back into the 30% range. Or is it?

These new tax cuts are just more of the same, a shifting of the tax burden from those at the top, to those in the middle and taking money away from government at a time when we are running record deficits. Wall Street may like this, but even if the economy is doing well on paper, the American people aren’t feeling any relief and continue to view the economy as shaky. If Bush’s previous tax breaks for the wealthy haven’t improved his poll numbers, it’s doubtful that these will either, in fact, they are likely to drive them further downward as many people are waking up to the idea that this is not only bad fiscal policy, it is downright dangerous.

The Harris poll was taken before the news broke that the NSA domestic spy program, authorized by Bush, is collecting information on millions of Americans with the help of the three largest telecommunications companies. While over half of Americans were okay with warrantless eavesdropping on international telephone calls, data mining of their own personal telephone and Internet habits may provoke a much stronger negative response. Especially when President Bush’s reaction to the breaking story was, “trust me, I’m not breaking the law.” That may have worked when he had widespread support after 9/11, but at 29% approval, it’s pretty clear most of America doesn’t trust him at all.

And there seems to be nothing but bad news on the horizon for Bush. Reporters are staking out the courthouse today in anticipation of a Rove indictment being handed up in the CIA leak case, the FBI raided the home of Kyle “Dusty” Foggo this morning, likely in connection with the Duke Cunningham bribery scandal. Foggo was the number 3 man at the CIA, hand-picked for the position by Porter Goss. And now that over 50 members of Congress have signed on to a full investigation of the NSA domestic spying program, the confirmation of General Hayden as CIA director could get pretty ugly, considering that he is the one who set up the program at the NSA in the first place.

If Bush’s support among Republicans dropped 13% over the last two weeks, there’s no telling how far he will drop over the next two. Bush might want to take a walk down the hall and ask his boss Cheney how it feels to have an approval rating in the teens, it might better prepare him for what looks to be right around the corner. He is the worst President in history and the American people may be on the verge of letting him in on this little secret. It’s about time!

Update: Apparently, I was a little too quick in assuming my fellow Americans would be outraged at the prospect of their personal telephone habits being collected and analyzed by a secret government agency. I guess feeling protected from the hyper-inflated risk of a terrorist attack IS worth sacrificing our Constitutional right to privacy. Just when I think the public is finally waking up, they fall right back to sleep again, or do they? Perhaps I'm just meant to think that they do.


Anonymous Geocheese1 said...

Great post, LGND. Yes, the Bushmeister has reached a new low point in his presidency. But where is the MSM on this? Only Jack Cafferty and Lou Dobbs seem to beating on this guy with the rest acting like there's nothing wrong in this country. When will we get Fox News (an oxymoron if there ever was one), Hannity, O'Reilly and the ever rabid Kate O'Biern to admit that the American people have had enough of this clown? And just who are those 29% that still like this guy? I find it hard to believe that ANYONE would still be in this guy's corner. We need to throw out the GOP this fall and start the investigations leading to impeachment. There is no other way for us to save face with the rest of the planet. GET OUT THE VOTE!!!!! Where's Russ Feingold when you need him? He's got my vote for sure!

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first of all, to all the rocket scientists who say "it's more important to stop a potential terrorist attack than to not have them look at our phone records" thanks, genius. Cuz everyone who opposes this wants to die.

ever wonder my totalitarian governments fail? bcause they use tactics like this to try and support stupid policies. natan shiransky still managed to hear and be moved by ronald reagans speeches while he was in a russian jail. terrorists don't NEED to call ANYONE in this country. We have massive unprotected borders and largely unchecked cargo coming in daily. chinatown is full of people who come in via the latter, and our fields full of those who come in via the former.

Why doesn't Sweden have to do this? or Iceland? Or Zaire? because they do't have thousands of troops on muslim soil and they don't give billions to the israeli govt, who are in a hopeless fight to hold on to land, the occupied territories, that isn't theres anyway.

Islam has united the arab world in a way we didn't anticipate. in the same way that capitalism has built up China in a way we didn't anticipate. Both entities are too big and to strong for us to be in their face anymore. It was nice to say we supported Taiwan and Israel, but history is taking it's course and will go through us if it has too.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Howard Martin said...

I enjoyed hearing on the radio, I think it was the Seattle Air America affiilate's national news, that QWEST lawyers said they thought the latest eavesdropping was not legal.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Rory Shock said...

the fuckwads who are willing to bend over and spread 'em make my frickin' blood boil ... I think the post I just did on this issue too mild after reading your rabble rouser her ... 'girl ... you gotta silver tongue and rory's fired up now ...

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

I agree with your postscript -- we're meant to think they do. One day, when the history of this disasterous regime is written, several chapters will be devoted to the inexcusable complicity of the press.

6:12 AM  
Blogger Joe Don Martin said...

At the risk of sounding like a Randite like- wretch- Pamela Atlasshrugs, most Americans seem to be of the "If they want to listen to my phone calls, I don't mind. I'm not doing anything wrong" mindset, still, perhaps, a bit too cowed by Chimpy McCodpiece's constant playing of the 9/11 card to think clearly but, more likely, having never either lived in or actually gained any knowledge of the goings on in a totalitarian state- especially those at it's outset, genuinely see nothing wrong with a little less "liberty" in return for some additional- supposed- "security". (That was a really long sentence but I long ago gave up on grammar so you must forgive me.) It's probably closer to ignorance than stupidity- or a generous mixture of both augmented by Repigletcan talking points via Fox, Hannity, Limbaugh, Coulter, et al. In good news, though, Truthout is saying Rove is gonna be indicted, that he has told Bolten and the White House he will resign when it happens. That improves my mood a little bit- that and being out from under Jesus' General's manly sanctions and free to post again.

Incidentally, I went next door to introduce myself and say "Hello" to my new liberal neighbor only to be chased off the porch by a rather spry old harridan at broompoint. As I was backpedaling across the lawn, I noticed the Bush/Cheney sticker on her dustpan. You can imagine my disappointment when I noticed the "Seattle" up by your profile. That's not next door. Sigh.

9:23 AM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

Geocheese1--You have to figure that the last 29% are either uber-rich, propping up the administration on cable news or simply dumb as doornails (or a combination of the three).

Anonymous--Yes, we do seem to be in the way of history. Even if we try to re-write it, we won't fare well, the damage has been done.

Howie--I was going to switch back to Qwest simply because they refused to turn over their records, but now I've been reading that they're tied up, financially at least, with the Carlyle Group so now I'm having second thoughts. It's so hard to figure out where it's safe to give your money these days.

Rory--Happy to return the favor, you fire me up all the time!

Betty--Yes, and those chapters won't be pretty.

Joe Don Martin--That sentiment makes me crazy too! When did Americans turn into such scared little wussies? Sorry about the incident with the gal next door, but my sisters are out there, just in some areas, you have to knock on quite a few doors to find them.

6:55 PM  

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